Of course you'll have Yes/No answers to all your questions.
Attitude IMO is a big factor on whether a pilot is 'good' or not.
Also, culture affects the performance of the flight crew. I know of many stories of where Asian flight crews had problems because of issues with seniority, and second-in-command not wanting to challenge the captain's decisons etc.
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3796 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9225 times:
One could argue that the military pilots are the best. They have been trained on taking aircraft to the limits, and how to push the envelope. One the other hand civilian pilots have been trained to fly airplanes the way they were meant to be flown. I know military and non-military pilots, and to be honest there really isn't a difference. The military guy can reminisce about doing CAT-Shots in an F14, whereas the civilian can reflect on flight instructing in a 152.
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Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9): I'll have to throw my vote in for the ones that have yet to crash!
Seriously though, I would think different pilots would excel with different aircraft. Example, a fighter pilot might be great with a fighter, but it may be a completely different story with a 747, assuming of course the pilot is trained for both. I think the question you are asking is highly subjective, it depends on ones view of "the best pilot."
A319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8946 times:
The best pilot in an airliner is someone who gets you from A to B safely, in comfort and with a nice "kiss" landing
And to quantify, the best landing I've had was with an Airbus test pilot on an A319 (essentially you could hardly tell you'd landed) and the second best with a female Blue1 pilot on an RJ. So gender doesn't come into who is the best pilot!
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6610 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8926 times:
I will put in my vote for military pilots who have tanker or transport time. They're used to piloting similar aircraft, and no doubt get tons of hours. They are also probably used to long-endurance flights.
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Bobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6902 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8917 times:
Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 7): One could argue that the military pilots are the best. They have been trained on taking aircraft to the limits, and how to push the envelope.
Most military pilots do not fly fighters and have no experience taking aircraft to the limits. That being said, military pilots are probably the best because of the extensive training they receive on systems, electronics, weather,ATC and a multitude of other subjects.
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1835 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8903 times:
Quoting KrisYYZ (Thread starter): Are there airlines that have a reputation for having really good or bad pilots?
For some reason I think of Cathy and IB respectively.
That must be a very strange reason indeed. . Don't worry, I'm not asking.
Just have to say that one of IB's strengths is the extraordinary quality and training of their pilots. I do criticize IB many times when I see something I don't like, but in this case I couldn't disagree more with your statement.
In fact, that's the main reason that makes me fly with Iberia...the sensation of safety and confidence that I feel every time I step on one of their aircraft. Safety-wise I know I am in good hands....good aircraft, good maintenance and excellent pilots.
And I am not saying that they're the best, but they're certainly among the best.
CRGsFuture From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8840 times:
Best pilots are the ones who land safely, aren't cocky, and know what they're talking about.
A pilot is a pilot, saying one is better to another is comparing fruits to veggies, all pilots are trained in the type rating and environments the airlines or Air Forces want. Like LX with training extensively with mountain and snow flying, pilots in the US trained with knowing every FAA procedure in the book. Tanker pilots taught how to keep a steady airspeed, all of these are meant to keep you the passenger or payload safe, and to their final destination weither MAD; or the side of a building.
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TinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8653 times:
Quoting Elal106 (Reply 17): The former pilots of the Israeli Air Force who now fly for ELAL, Israir and Arkia.
That sounds to me like a biased comment considering your username.
I don't know if you can say an F-16 pilot is better than the 59 year old dude flying a 747 coz they do different things with different stuff. Maybe you should have asked 'what makes one the best commercial pilot'. Anyways, the best pilot is the guy who get's you from point A to B but if I had to chose regardless of equipment, those blue angels suckers are pretty awesome. I just watched them yesterday and could give my left nut to fly one of those.
Mm320cap From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8622 times:
What a question. There is no answer. No airline has the "Best" pilots. Every airline has some great pilots and some not so great pilots. You might be able to ask "Which airline has the best training?", but even that is really very subjective. I've had great training events at my airline, and lousy ones. Depends on the instructors, etc. etc.
As far as military vs. civilian. Again, from my experience, there is no correct answer. I've had some incredible military F/O's and some incredible civilian F/O's that came up through the commuter ranks. It just depends on the individual. Then again, how do you define a "good" pilot? One that flies smoothly? One that makes good landings? One that flies an iron cross ILS down to minimums? Makes excellent decisions? There is too much to quantify.
I warn you, fair readers, that there is more to your flight than the landing. I've flown with some guys that I would consider EXCELLENT pilots that just make average landings, and I've seen some guys/gals that kind of scared me who would press a pair of pants on the runway with their landings.
GentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8496 times:
Any bush pilot in Alaska who can land a plane on a glacier using ski's. As for the best "trained" commercial pilots, my vote goes to Alaska Airlines. They have to be flying around all of the mountains up here often in bad WX. AS was also the pioneer of the RNP/GPS technology. RNP = Realtime Navigational Performance which is now being used in Alaska and at other lower 48 airports such as SFO, DCA and RNO as I recall.
Man can be taken from Alaska. Alaska can never be taken from the man.